(5-29-13)GMO lose Europe – victory for environmental organisations
Monsanto will halt production of genetically modified corn in all of Europe, except Spain, Portugal and Czech republic.
The agribusiness multinational states not to spend any more money on trials, development, marketing, court cases or anything else to get GM corn accepted in Europe.
Leader of the state trial farm at Tystofte, Gerhard Deneken and former minister of agriculture Eva Kjer Hansen shows the story on GMO corn.
Quiet decision last year
"In Europe Monsanto only sells GM corn in three countries. GM corn represents less than 1% of the EU's corn cultivation by land area. Field trials are only in progress in three countries. We will not spend any more money to convince people to plant them," states Brandon Mitchener, Public Affairs Lead for Monsanto in Europe and Middle East, in an interview with Investigative Reporting Denmark.
The decision was taken quietly. The company found no reason to communicate it.